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deteriorates. residents of a number of chinese cities have been dealing with smog for weeks. emissions from cars and factories contain something called fine particulate matter. it can cause asthma, bronchitis, and other health problems. environment ministry officials in tokyo consulted experts. then they decided they would issue warnings to residents when forecasters believe fine particulate matter could reach 70 micrograms per cubic meter of air. that's double the existing standard. officials say at that point they'll tell people to stay indoors and shut their windows. they say children, the elderly, and those with asthma should be especially cautious at any time. these people may be affected by even low levels of pollution. >>> japanese nationals in india are also worried about worsening air pollution there. officials at japan's embassy in new delhi have advised them to stay indoors on days when there are high levels of smog. the embassy issues the notification on wednesday. it says an indian government survey on airborne particulate matter detected an annualized average of 89 micrograms
-- mattresses, cooking stove, clothing. the 17-member family is from the region around the city a lot of -- teh city a -- the city aleppo. the farmer and his children fled three weeks ago from the advancing syrian army. none of them wants to give their names. >> look at this -- we had just got everything set up. but then the floods came and destroyed everything. we lost it all. we were promised a stove and a tent, but so far, no aid has come. >> initially, the united nations was providing aid to the unofficial camp, but no supplies have arrived for two weeks. more than 150 syrians are forced to live here. they need everything -- clothes and shoes for the children, food, mattresses, blankets. most of them had to buy their tents themselves, and even have to pay rent to pitch the tents. apart from one tank of drinking water, there is no sanitation. >> we eat bread and drink tea. sometimes, we buy flour and egg bread. we do not have anything anymore. sometimes we go hungry. sometimes not. we lost my daughter's pants in the flood. she needs new pants, but where am i supposed to get them? >> sometime
the city of kidal. jean-yves le drian said they killed hundreds of insurgents. malian forces have detained several rebel leaders. le drian said the operation will continue until the malian government controls all of its territory. then he said the french would hand over the mission to units from african countries. french foreign minister laurent fabeu said he would consider withdrawi withdrawing personnel next month if the operation goes smoothly. >>> the leader of syria's opposition coalition has offered to hold talks. the head of the syrian national coalition made the offer in appearances on two television networks. >> translator: we will hold talks if the government accepts a political solution. >> khatib described the humanitarian situation as dire. he said that left the opposition with no option but to negotiate with assad. he proposed negotiations with assad's deputy, vice president farouk al sharaa. >>> people in greece aren't happy over how their lives have changed under a government austerity program. but government officials suggest they may have turned a corner. ai uchida joins
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